Robbie Hood is the Director of NOAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program. Before joining NOAA, Hood led the Storm Intensity Monitoring Group at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, where she spent 21 years conducting aircraft field experiments and developing instrumentation for aircraft research flights. She also co-chaired the Joint Action Group for Tropical Cyclone Research, sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology. Hood received a Bachelor of Science in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Master of Science in physical meteorology from Florida State University.
KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.